NDDC Warns Against Fake Empowerment Scheme

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has warned Nigerians to beware of a fake social media account being used to deceive members of the public, claiming that the Commission is registering people for an empowerment scheme in the nine states under its mandate.

According to a statement on Wednesday, 6th December 2023 signed by the NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni, said that the website: https://ndjobsskillsdb.ng/dataregistry leads unsuspecting members of the public to a fake “Niger Delta Youth HOPE” site, claiming to be a platform for “Register Youth Data Registration” and “Niger Delta Skills Data Base.”

The statement read, “The fraudulent social media account directs prospective applicants to fill an online form, as well as submit copies of their educational certificates along with passport photographs.

“We wish to state unequivocally that the NDDC is not behind this fake registration platform, which is aimed at deceiving the people of the Niger Delta region.

“Members of the public should note that the fraudsters are impersonating the NDDC-sponsored Project HOPE website.

“It is obvious that the scammers are using the name and logo of the NDDC, as well as that of Project HOPE to defraud members of the public.

“The Online Account was created to dupe unsuspecting members of the public and in the process, bring the NDDC and its Management to disrepute. Security agencies have been alerted to investigate and bring the criminals to justice.

“We advise those who have genuine businesses with NDDC to always cross-check facts at the Commission’s official website: (www.nddc.gov.ng) and the authentic Project HOPE website: https//jobsskillsdb.nddc.gov.ng

“Anyone claiming to represent the NDDC or its Project HOPE in fraudulent empowerment announcements must be treated as a criminal and reported to security agencies for appropriate sanctions.